Spar Crosshouse, in East Ayrshire, hosted a spectacular Burns-themed event for its community.
The store provided customers with Scottish-themed goody bags, Scottish product samples from family-owned PK Foods, Barr and Browning’s, plus licensed samples of Scottish whisky and gin. There were also prizes to be won from Spar’s spinning wheel.
A piper from Kilmarnock Pipe Band was in attendance and Spar Scotland proudly donated £3,000 towards the pipe band’s youth programme called ‘Creating Positive Pathways’.
Paula Middleton, Marketing Manager for Spar Scotland, said: “When we heard about what Kilmarnock Pipe Band do for the local community of Kilmarnock and the tragedy of losing one of their young people last year, we knew we had to help. They are learning from this devasting tragedy and their response was setting up the KPB Youth Programme ‘Creating Positive Pathways’.
“We think this is a great way for them to support young people and we are very happy to give them the £3,000 donation which we hope will help with the programme’s running costs.”
Pipe Major Paul Warren, from Kilmarnock Pipe Band, added: “We can’t put into words just how much this partnership means to us, it is obviously a massive financial boost, but furthermore, to have such support from your local community is something that goes much deeper and provides a sense of pride and belief in all of us.
“Our KPB Youth Programme ‘Creating Positive Pathways’ is all about improving young people’s lives through creating positive pathways to new skills, educational and vocational opportunities, and a sense of belief in positive future outcomes. We want our young people to have pride in their community and our community to have pride in its young people.”